AUCTION : 0518


Clock, Watch, Jewelry, Nautical Instruments & Antiques Auction

Clocks & Clockmaker's Shop featuring rare French Industrial Series
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30am: LOTS 1 - 598
Preview: Saturday, May 19 at 8am to 10:15am. Limited Watch Preview Extended Until 12pm.

Precision Timepieces, Important Watches, Nautical Instruments, Marine Clocks, Jewelry & Antiques
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10am: LOTS 599 - 1192
Preview: Saturday, May 19 at 8am to 10:15am & Sunday, May 20 at 8am to 9:45am 

The Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel), Manchester, NH

Lot#: 723

DESCRIPTION: Thomas Mercer, London, two day marine chronometer, 11 jewel fusee movement with spotted plates, Earnshaw's escapement, freesprung, cut bimetallic balance, diamond endstone, and helical balance spring, Roman numeral silvered dial with wind indicator and gold spade and poker hands, with gimballed, lacquered brass bowl, the side engraved "U.S. Navy Bu. Ships 22- 1943 No. 7643" and "Harold S. Vanderbilt", contained in a three tier mahogany box with flush mounted brass furniture, serial #7643
CONDITION: running, plates with scattered minor marks and fine scratches, barrel bridge screwheads with minor marring and loss to blue, bowl and gimbals in old lacquer, box with minor scratches, box top replaced, and with split, plaque missing, box and hardware with old finish. It appears that this chronometer was once the property of Harold Stirling Vanderbilt (1884-1970), the great grandson of shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. Harold was an avid and competitive yachtsman, winning numerous King's, Astor, and America's cups. He was a charter inductee to the America's Cup Hall of Fame at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island. There is also a room of his sailing memorabilia on display at "Marble House", the opulent Vanderbilt summer mansion at Newport, RI., built in 1895.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1200
CIRCA: 1910
DIMENSIONS: 7.375in x 7.125in x 7.375in